If you’re like me this summer, you don’t have an unlimited budget to spend on updating your wardrobe to follow all of the latest trends in depth. Even with scoring cool stuff on sale, or by settling for the quality of cheaper stores like H&M or Forever 21, they don’t always suffice in delivering the goods you want fully. There is always compromising and settling involved when trying to stay current while not breaking the bank! It is hard, but these are a couple of tricks of modifying clothes that I’ve tried with some success.
My distressed denim hack:
The store I work for part-time, Smartset doesn’t have a jean that is distressed enough to follow this season’s line-up of sporting really wrecked-beyond-hope denim, so I can’t use my staff discount there to save. My solution? I had a pair of light greyish blue denim from Smartset last year that was just boring. They had no distressing, and as a full-length light coloured pant, they just kept getting gross and dirty at the ankle parts because it was a bit long. This was not stylish or cool. So I decided to cut them into crop pants and distress them myself. I cut off the pant legs past the ankle, hand sewed some cuffs in them and then ripped the heck out of them with different denim distressing techniques I learned online. I ended up really liking the casual undone look of them, and wrecking them gave me some therapy too! I saw similar jeans to mine at Urban Outfitters later that week. I was happy to say I may have saved about $70, doing it myself by recycling unwanted old jeans in my closet.
My Strapless Romper Hack:
Summer isn’t fun without a romper. Why? Because you can do it all in a romper. It’s a onesie made for adults! For those of you that don’t know, a romper is basically a dress at the top, but instead of it turning into a skirt at the bottom, it turns into shorts, all in one piece. It’s great. Casual, super cute, and really comfortable. You get to keep cool this summer, by covering just what you need to cover, and unlike short skirts, you won’t show everything when you move. Rompers however tend to be expensive. Don’t know why cuz they seem easy to make and don’t require that much fabric. I however did find one at Forever 21 that was only $10! Sometimes you can’t even get a tank top for that. The one flaw with the romper I found was that it was strapless. All of a sudden, summer care-free behaviour is restricted in this romper by the fear of it being pulled down by accident. But it being only $10, I bought it, took it home and sewed on halter straps to keep it from falling down, making it much more functional, for no cost at all! I even like the look of it with straps more than without!
Jersey Bodycon dress hack:
Jersey (t-shirt material) bodycon dresses are the best basics. They fit your body well, can be dressed up or down, great for summer, and they hug your body and show off your feminine curves. They also are an effortless way to make yourself look put yourself together in two minutes. Add heals and you’re ready for the club, wear with flat sandals and it’s a casual day at the cottage. The awesome thing too is that because they are simple dresses made out of stretchy jersey material, they don’t cost a lot. I recently snagged a nice floral bodycon dress from the Smartset were I work. With my discounts and specials, I got it for only $15! I was thrilled. I could possibly match that price at some other discount stores, but the ones at Smartset were so much better quality, and the length was not too short. The only problem was that the neckline I noticed was not flattering. It barely scooped in the front. I noticed it scooped a lot more in the back, so what did I do? I carefully removed the stitches of the label on the back collar of the dress and then wore it backwards! The scoop back became the front, and well, now I am liking it more.
Remaking clothes that you have or got on sale is great. It saves you a money in the long run and more importantly, you get what you want for the price that you want it. 🙂 Let me know a hack that you have done to your summer wardrobe to make it your own!